NBA Stars' Chinese Nicknames Revealed & They're Hilarious

NBA stars have had some incredible nicknames throughout the years. Names like “King James,” “The Greek Freak,” “The Round Mound of Rebound,”Shaq,” and even “The Beard,” there are some notable nicknames that you will immediately recognize. But as it turns out, none of these nicknames are as incredible as the nicknames NBA stars receive from Chinese fans on the internet.
Nick Kapur, who is a historian of Japan and East Asia, blessed Twitter with an incredible thread this week that unveiled some of the nicknames the Chinese basketball fans have been using for their favorite players.
Some are hilarious, others are flat-out rude, and then there are a handful of NSFW ones.
“China is crazy for the NBA, but official sources use boring phonetic transcriptions, failing to take advantage of Chinese characters having both sound and meaning,” Kapur wrote on Twitter. “Chinese netizens have ‘improved’ on these official names.”
Let’s take a look at some of the best.

LeBron James

Stephen Curry — yikes!

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Charles Barkley


Manu Ginobili

Kobe Bryant

Michael Jordan

Scottie Pippen


Shaquille O’Neal

Andre Miller


Kevin Durant

Anthony Davis

Charlie Villanueva


James Harden

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